The traditional 911 styling has been aerodynamically refined, yet retains the unmistakable identity of the series. The rear mounted engine is the hallmark of the 911 series, powered by a water cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder unit. This 3.6 liter powerplant is coupled with twin-turbochargers, yielding an awesome 400 plus horsepower output. The six speed gearbox efficiently transmits this abundance of power to the rear wheels. Front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension system has a sophisticated geometry for the utmost control during high speed running.
The large, 380mm diameter brake disks are ventilated to take the racing abuse. They are equipped with ABS (anti-lock braking system), for the positive stopping power and safety. The unique front spoiler, with its up-turned ends, is the result of thorough wind tunnel testing. A huge, two tier rear spoiler is equipped with air ducts on both sides. The riveted over fenders add to its aggressive looks.
Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 911 GT-2 Taisan
Here finally I can present you another beautiful model kit from Tamiya. The Taisan Starcard Porsche GT2 in 1/24 scale. The kit is molded in black with a sprue of ”aluminum” finished wheels and a clear tree which includes the chassis protective plate. A part that you would expect to see molded in the body color.
There are not too many parts in this kit because this is a curve side model. But those make believe parts depicting the underside, really do the trick of making the model look as if it had a complete engine. I was very happy with the out-of-the-box aluminum color of the rims, but had to find a way to paint the center gold color and that was a bit challenging. An idea struck and used this method here in which you can see in self explanatory pictures. The most time consuming aspect of this build was naturally the amount of decals. They are of a very good quality and makes me wonder why the same quality is not considered included with aircraft and armor model kits.
The build was very straightforward as we can expect from Tamiya. The most challenging part was painting this model kit with the TS-14 Gloss black spray paint from Tamiya. The reason for this challenge was mostly the weather And not the paint itself. We had a long winter with lots of dry air which triggers static electricity. As a result, once the model was painted, it became a magnet for dust and particles. In fact, this entry was drafted back in October, 2014. All decals were added to the model but it was too risky to throw a coat of Tamiya Clear Gloss TS-13 and call it the day until the Spring of 2015.